Bach adamant ‘Tokyo 2020 Games will happen’

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has reiterated following a meeting of the IOC Executive Board. Appearing... Read more
Bach adamant 'Tokyo 2020 Games will happen'

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in 2021, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has reiterated following a meeting of the IOC Executive Board.

Appearing through video link after the meeting, Bach outlined the full commitment to ‘the successful and safe delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, starting on 23 July with the Olympic Games and 24 August with the Paralympic Games.’

He added that all the federations responsible for the Olympic sports, and the National Olympic Committees (NOC’s), had been involved in consultation calls in the past few days, and that “all of them are fully united and committed; all 206 National Olympic Committees, all the International Federations and the athletes are standing behind these Olympic Games.’

‘We see the same commitment on the Japanese side with the Japanese government, the Organising Committee and the Japanese Olympic Committee.’

Bach also revealed that the IOC would be publishing details of Covid-19 countermeasures for Tokyo 2020.

‘Soon we will be able to release the first version of the so-called “playbooks” for the Games, which will explain the measures for the different stakeholder groups, to protect themselves and to protect others,’ he said.

‘The first version of the playbooks will be presented to the National Olympic Committees and the Chefs de Mission at the beginning of February. So there, they – the NOCs, the athletes, everybody – can all trust that we are providing the facts and our planned countermeasures as the situation develops.’

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